Wildlife Patient Stories

So Many Squirrels! Meet an Unusual Baby at WildCare

It’s raining orphaned baby squirrels at WildCare! Ok, not literally, but we currently have 17 squirrel babies in care, and more arrive every day. Most of the squirrels we have admitted are the usual gray or brown in color, but last Sunday we admitted this beautiful, silky-furred black squirrel! She is an Eastern Gray Squirrel,…

First Orphaned Baby Raccoon of 2017

The first orphaned raccoon of 2017 has arrived, and she has a very sad story. A homeowner saw that the door to his shed was ajar and walked in to find a mother raccoon denning with her babies. Not wishing to disturb the little family, the homeowner left quickly, but the mother raccoon must have…

Ducklings, Squirrels and Turtles, Oh My!

Spring is in the air, and everywhere wildlife is feeling it! Animals of all species are finding mates, building nests and having babies right now, and WildCare’s Wildlife Hospital is starting our busiest time of year. It’s an amazing thing to see wild baby animals in the Wildlife Hospital, but of course their presence at…

Pigeon with a Broken Neck Recovers at WildCare

When this pigeon’s rescuers saw her lying in a contorted position on the sidewalk in Oakland, California, they thought she was dead. But then she tried to move, and rescuers realized the bird was alive. When they picked her up, her neck was hanging to her feet with her head twisted upside down. Knowing that…

Really Big Bobcat Recovers at WildCare

This Bobcat was hit by a car on Atherton Avenue in Novato. When he was found, the cat was stunned, but he started to wake up while his rescuers waited, with the cat loosely contained in a cardboard box, for the Marin Humane Society officer to arrive and transport the injured animal to WildCare. When…

Stowaway Baby Raccoons from Florida

When you park a rented van at a long-term parking lot at an airport, you expect it to be as you left it when you return. Unfortunately, someone must have attempted burglary of this particular vehicle, as a window was broken when the van’s renter arrived to drive it home. A quick check of the…

Young Bobcat Returns to the Wild

Sometimes it is hard to tell if an injured cat by the side of the road is a wild cat or a domestic pet. Especially when the cat in question weighs just over seven pounds. This Bobcat is small enough to be just out of kittenhood, and it’s likely she had just left her mother’s…

Squirrel Trapped in Birdfeeder

If you have birdfeeders in your yard, you know how challenging it can be to keep squirrels away from them. Like songbirds, squirrels simply can’t resist the bountiful buffet of seeds you’ve provided! There are many “squirrel proof” feeders and devices sold, some of which work better than others. The cage-like design of this feeder…

Whooo’s Outsmarting Whom?

This large, and otherwise healthy Great Horned Owl was found by a Novato resident, right outside her front door. The bird had been hit by a car and was obviously severely injured. Fortunately, this owl’s rescuer knew he needed to come to WildCare. She called the Marin Humane Society to transport the large raptor to…

Coyote Returns to the Wild

WildCare Was This Coyote’s Only Hope As many of us know, coyotes are intelligent animals. They have figured out how to live among humans, and in most cases, they successfully navigate around people and our stuff without harm. But sometimes things go wrong, and that’s what happened with this young male coyote. He somehow ended…